The main problem with Papa Roach is just how good their early material was. Genre-changing, perhaps. They seem to have hit their peak on their second album and gone downhill from there. While ‘F.E.A.R.’ is well written and well put together, it continues the trend of a Papa Roach that has slowly been falling from grace since the fantastic ‘Infest,’ released a staggering 15 years ago.
Frontman Jacoby Shaddix and the band, however, continue to shine in the starlight, with a sell-out tour around the world in 2014 and an upcoming Academy tour in March 2015. ‘F.E.A.R.’ is much like Papa Roach’s career; starts off really well but slides slowly downhill.
Opening track, title track and single/video ‘Face Everything and Rise’ reminds us of why we all fell in love in with Papa Roach in the first place. But by the time you reach final track ‘Warriors’ – or ‘Fear Hate Love’ in the deluxe edition – it’s forgivable to lose interest.
While the tracks are decent, they’re nothing new, they’re nothing ground-breaking and nothing we haven’t heard before. Overall, a good album, but nothing that stands out from the crowd.